Blog :: 2012

Coming Soon - Fie Top Flumes - Another Great Place for Fun In Maggie Valley

Very soon Maggie Valley will have another tubing experience. Fie Top Flumes will be opening soon just down the mountain from Cataloochee Ski Area. Family owned and operated, Fie Top Flumes is bringing year round tubing fun, offering the excitement of snow tubing in the summer! Keep a lookout for opening day.

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Art After Dark - Downtown Waynesville Tonight

Looking for something fun to do tonight? Hit Main Street Waynesville for Art After Dark... Enjoy all the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes this Holiday season. Stores will be open til 9pm, full of Holiday Cheer.

While you are strolling down the street enjoying all the Christmas lights, stop by Main Street Perks to hear the amazing voice of Songbug, aka Aunt Jeanne. Tell her we sent you there.

Chim Chim Chiree Chim Chiroo, Get Your Chimney Swept Very Soon!

I know, you all now have chimney sweeps dancing in your heads. For those of you with fireplaces, wood stoves, etc; let it be a reminder to have your chimney inspected this year. What made me want to remind everyone??? Passing by a favorite local coffee shop and seeing fire and emergency personal/equipment out front on my way home from work yesterday. A fire had ignited in the flue of their coffee roaster unbeknownst to the employees and patrons inside. It was reported by a passerby. Thankfully, there were no injuries or damage and they are back open for business today according to Chief Webb (Waynesville's Fire Chief). He added this is a good time of the year to remind people to have their chimney's checked before using them this winter. The full story can be found on The Mountaineer's website.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, approximately 6% of home structure fires start in the chimney. So it is very important to have it checked every year. The Chimney Safety Institute of America is a great resource for safety tips, finding a chimney sweep, and other heat source safety.

For those of us using other sources of heat, it is just as important to ensure proper maintenance, placement, and usage. Overall, close to half of all residential fires during winter months are caused by a heating source. The US Fire Administration and The American Red Cross both provide great resources for families to ensure the safety of their homes during winter months.

With the unusually warm weather recently, it is the perfect time to check out these sites and ensure the proper heating safety of your home. As we all know, in the mountains of North Carolina, if you don't like the weather, wait awhile and it will change. The cold will come. So lets get prepared now, so we can enjoy those cold nights in front of a warm fire!

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious... I didn't want to be the only one stuck with these songs in my head today.


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      Don't Forgot to Drop Off a Toy - Only 7 Days Left to Support Toys for Tots

      Just wanted to remind everyone that we are a drop-off location for Toys for Tots this year. We only have 7 days left to fill up the box in our office so stop on by with a new unwrapped gift and put a smile on the face of a child in Haywood County.

      For more information on the Toys for Tots program please visit their website at or click on the picture below.

      Spending Thanksgiving in Maggie Valley & want someone else to do the cooking & cleaning....

      If you are spending your Thanksgiving in Maggie Valley and looking for a great place to go, we got you covered!!! Below is a list of the Restaurants that are serving up the Turkey and fixings. And for those of you looking for some fun in the snow, we have included the times and lift ticket prices for Cataloochee Ski Area. So you can kickback, relax and let someone else do all the work, then ride the slopes.

      J Arthurs (12-6) Salty Dog's (after 4) Catalocchee Ranch, reservations only Hurley's (open at noon) Moonshine Grill (12-6) Country Vittles (12 -4) Nutmeg (7 -3 breakfast and lunch; ) Maggie Valley Club

      Cataloochee Ski Area will be open for skiing from 8:30am-4:30pm on Thanksgiving Day and will offer a Thanksgiving Dinner beginning at 11:30am with turkey and all the trimmings for $10.75, plus tax.

      Lift ticket rates on Wednesday will be $35 for day or twilight for adults or juniors and $20 for night skiing from 6pm until 10pm on Wednesday night. Beginning Thursday through Sunday, we will be charging $50 lift for adults and $40 for kids 12 & under for day or twilight lift tickets. Night ticket pricing will be $25 for adults or juniors on both Friday and Saturday nights. To get a full report of the base, slopes open, etc visit Cataloochee's website.

      Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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      On the Road Again- Just Can't Wait for that Thanksgiving Travel Traffic!

      The TV & Internet have already begun showing the long lines of vehicles on the roadways, luggage dragging families in the airports, and even the lines at bus & train stations this Thanksgiving week. This is a huge reason I almost always have Thanksgiving at my house. As much as I dread getting up at 5am on a day off to throw the bird in the oven and prepare to stand in a hot kitchen for 10 hours while others eat, drink, watch football, and be merry.... I dislike sitting in traffic and crowds even more.

      But for all you brave folks out there that are hitting the roadways, skies, rails this week; here are a few tips from the American Red Cross to make it a safe trip.

      Click on the picture to go to these Tips and much more at



      Main Street Waynesville - Holiday Open House this Sunday!

      Looking for something to do this Sunday to really get you into the Holiday Spirit.... Maybe get a little jump on your Christmas shopping. Then the place to be is downtown Waynesville on Sunday, November 18th from Noon-4pm.

      The Downtown Waynesville merchants open their doors on this special Sunday afternoon extending an invitation to everyone to visit the downtown area. Their shops, galleries and restaurants are beautifully decorated. Stroll the downtown streets and enjoy the sights, scents and sounds as Downtown Waynesville kicks off the 2012 Holiday Season. The lamp posts are wrapped in greenery entwined with tiny white lights, wide red ribbon & huge red bows. The shop wreaths are hung and windows are filled with gift ideas. Downtown Waynesville is well known as one of the prettiest small towns in the country for the holidays!

      Click here to view this event and more from the Downtown Waynesville Association

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      Investor Special! Large Home With Great View! Needs Fire Damage Repairs

      Subject to Freddie Mac First Look Initiative until 11/24/12. Only offers from owner occupants will be reviewed. Home is being sold as. Home has suffered fire damage in the garage/kitchen area. Smoke damage on main level. Over 3500 square feet w/open great room, lots of glass,views. Bedrooms on main & full finished basement for gameroom/family room etc. Easy access in deed restricted community. Buyers should investigate financing before offers.

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      Voices in the Laurel Holiday Concert - First Baptist Church in Waynesville

      Voices in the Laurel's annual Holiday Concert will be on Saturday December 15th at 4pm at the First Baptist Church at 100 South Main Street, Waynesville, NC. Tickets are available by calling 828-335-2849 or on their website - click on 'Support Us' - 'Buy Tickets'

      Included in the Voices in the Laurel's repertoire will be "El cant des Ocells" (Song of the Birds), a Catalan Christmas carol, which the children will sing in Catalan, an official language of the Spanish community of Catalonia. Some of the choir's members performed the carol at the 130-year-old Basilica Sagrada Familia in Spain this summer.

      "When we sang it in Barcelona, the people at our concert leapt to their feet and sang with us," said Martha Brown, executive director of Voices in the Laurel. "They were weeping. It was one of the most touching moments of our festival tour. It was beautiful. This song is from that region of Spain. We are so excited to share this piece of music with the rest of our choir and the audiences in western North Carolina this season because of its beauty and representation of another culture."

      Also included in the Voices concert will be a medley of Christmas songs from "The Polar Express," with all of the children in costume and a musical arrangement of Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." The choir will be accompanied by pianists Mary Ann Cooper and Anna Watson, oboist Judy Dodson, and Robert Brown, drums, and Trevor Stoia, string bass.

      Voices in the Laurel's Chamber Choir will also be performing at the Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evening on Monday December 10th as well as the Appalachian Christmas Pre-Concert with the Junaluska Singers at the Stuart Auditorium at 2:15pm on Saturday December 8th at the Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska in conjunction with Voices Holiday Silent Auction at the Harrell Center from 12-5:30pm.

      Visit the Voices in the Laurel Website for details of all their Upcoming Events, purchase tickets, make a donation.

      Meet Artist Matthew Zedler and View his New Exhibit at The Hotel Indigo Tonight!

      Julie Keiper, Director of Marketing for NewZart Gallery shared this wonderful event with us and we wanted to share it with all of you.

      Hotel Indigo is holding a Meet the Artist Reception for Matthew Zedler, a Madison county-based artist on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hotel Indigo, 151 Haywood Street, downtown Asheville. The public is invited to the reception followed by the live music of Ben Hovey at 7pm.

      The ongoing display will feature works from Matt's latest "Panacea Pour l'âme" line, otherwise known as "Remedy for the Soul" through January 15th, 2013 in the public areas of the hotel. Read More

      Visit Matthew's website to view his work and learn more about the Artist himself.